The Oberlin community is known for academic and musical excellence. Oberlin College offers a unique opportunity to students who want to combine rigorous pre-professional music training with a broad liberal arts education.
In as few as five years, double-degree students may complete work for the Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Double-degree students commit exceptional talent and intellectual passion. They often demonstrate a capacity for intensive focus in an academic discipline, which brings context and imagination to their music.
About 30 students enter the double-degree program each year, pursuing a major in both music and the liberal arts. Majors may be closely interrelated, such as voice and French or German, or quite unrelated—bassoon performance and neuroscience, for example.
One of the greatest advantages is that the program keeps the widest variety of options open to students upon graduation. For the many students who have not necessarily decided on a specific postcollege plan, or for those who prefer not to limit their bachelor’s education, the acquisition of two different degrees can prove to be a very rewarding experience.
Many of our double-degree graduates go on to careers that run the gamut from professional musicians to business professionals. The advantage is that they are well prepared for whatever profession they choose.
Prospective double-degree candidates apply for admission to the college and conservatory separately.